Men’s basketball upended by Holy Family in CACC title game

Men’s basketball upended by Holy Family in CACC title game

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team was defeated by Holy Family 87-68 in the championship game of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Saturday night in Dominican College's Hennessy Center.

Philadelphia is now 23-8 overall. The Rams went into the game seventh in the NCAA East Region Rankings and now must wait to see if the committee will award the team an at-large into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is slated for 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) led the Rams in scoring with 17 points. Gemil Holbrook (Darby, Pa./Roman Catholic) came off the bench to contribute 15 points.

TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) racked up 14 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, and six assists.

Kilpatrick gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead 1:46 into the game with the first of his two 3-pointers. It would be the Rams' first and only advantage for the night as the Tigers (26-5) went on a 19-4 run, capped by two Marvin Crawford free throws, to make the score 21-7.

After Holy Family's lead grew to 16 (34-18), Philadelphia outscored the Tigers 7-2 over the final 3:01 to close within 36-25 at the half.

The Tigers opened the second half with an 8-2 run in the first two minutes to quickly reclaim a 16-point lead on a Reggie Charles 3-pointer. Midway through the second half, Holy Family outscored Philadelphia 17-2 over a 3:42 stretch to extend the gap to 62-35 at the 13:36 mark.

Philadelphia managed to shrink the Holy Family lead to 75-60 when Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) put back a Holbrook missed 3-pointer with 5:41 remaining.

Charles shot 11-of-17 from the field to record a game-high 27 points for the Tigers. Crawford added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Fleming had 12 points. The Tigers shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the floor, 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from behind the arc. The Rams connected on 41.5 percent (22-of-53) for their attempts, 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from three.

Holy Family scored 29 points on 22 Philadelphia turnovers, while the Rams recorded six points on 10 Tiger turnovers.

With the win, Holy Family received the CACC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.